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Smart high-frequency environmental sensor networks for quantifying nonlinear hydrological process dynamics across spatial scales

Objective

Regulators and industries are challenged by the difficulty to analyse and predict the impact of nonlinear environmental processes on short-term and long-term responses of ecosystems to environmental change. Until very recently, the development of most conventional monitoring, forecasting and prediction tools has been based on the assumption of stationary environmental systems. In the context of global change these tools are increasingly pushed towards and even beyond their design limits (the latter resulting in the first line from the prevailing limitations in spatial and temporal resolution of environmental observations).

For this project, we propose a rationale stating that only novel, high-frequency/high-resolution environmental monitoring and predictive modelling will yield new process understanding of ecosystem functioning. Technological progress offers as many opportunities as it triggers challenges: what is needed now are new strategies to generate, manage and analyse BIG DATA at unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution. Innovation can only stand as a synonym for ‘significant positive changes’ if [a] we manage to clearly state the challenges (global change & non-stationarity) and problems (generating and managing high-frequency information) and [b] transform them into solutions, i.e. the quantification and prediction of environmental responses to global change as a prerequisite for designing and implementing adaptation and/or mitigation strategies wherever needed.

The timely outcomes of this research project will hence be of great relevance for the scientific community, regulatory agencies, and the private sector.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 454 500

Participants (14)

SILIXA LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 148 500
Address
Centennial Avenue 230 Centennial
WD6 3SN Elstree Hertfordshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RS HYDRO LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 49 500
Address
128 Leask House Hanbury Road Stoke Prior
B60 4JZ Bromsgrove
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 283 500
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 180 000
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
NATURALEA CONSERVACIO, SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 108 000
Address
Can Carner Terra Alta - Pol.ind. 51
08211 Castellar Del Valles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LUXEMBOURG INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 148 500
Address
5 Avenue Des Hauts Fourneaux
4362 Esch Sur Alzette
Activity type
Research Organisations
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 279 000
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 220 500
Address
Rudower Chaussee 17
12489 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 40 500
Address
Telegrafenberg 17
14473 Potsdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
HYDRORESEARCH SAM JOHANSSON AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 85 500
Address
Stora Marknadsvagen 15 S Vpl 12
183 34 Taby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UVDYNE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 54 000
Address
Sandagne, Netton Street, Bishopstone
SP5 4DF Salisbury
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ISARDSAT SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 18 000
Address
Congres 49 51
08031 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EVVOS SA
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 27 000
Address
1 Am Weischbaendchen
5842 Hesperange
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SETUR - INGENIERIE - AUDIT - CONSEIL
France
EU contribution
€ 18 000
Address
16 Rue De La Croix Aux Poitiers
35131 Chartres-de-bretagne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (9)

NEW MEXICO INSTITUTE OF MINING AND TECHNOLOGY
United States
Address
Leroy Place 801
87801 Socorro
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
United States
Address
Clark Street 633
60208 Evanston, Illinois
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE TRUSTEES OF INDIANA UNIVERSITY
United States
Address
Po Box 1847
47402 Bloomington
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF WATER AND ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH
New Zealand
Address
Market Place Viaduct Harbour 41
1149 Auckland
Activity type
Research Organisations
The Flinders University of South Australia
Australia
Address
Sturt Road, Bedford Park
5042 Adelaide
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE GOVERNORS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
Canada
Address
Street 8625 112 Campus Tower 222 Research Services Office
T6G 2E1 Edmonton Alberta
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION SHINSHU UNIVERSITY
Japan
Address
Asahi 3-1-1
390 8621 Matsumoto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Simon Fraser University
Canada
Address
University Drive 8888
V5A 1S6 Burnaby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
United States
Address
Sunrise Valley Drive 12201
20192 Reston
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)